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Chelsea transfer target identified, £30m bid tabled, Blues confident he will sign

Chelsea lead the Premier League by six points and are guaranteed to be top at Christmas, but the Blues are not resting on their laurels.

Title-favourites Chelsea hope to strengthen their already-excellent squad in the January transfer window by bringing in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti.

According to the Daily Mail, a £30m offer is on the table and, although PSG want more, Chelsea are confident of getting a deal done, probably costing less than £40m.

Verratti, who celebrated his 24th birthday last month, has been in Paris for four and a half seasons now, winning four Ligue 1 crowns and five domestic cups.

It would make sense for the former Pescara man to seek a new challenge and a move to Chelsea would certainly be a good test for him.

Although just 5′ 5″ in height, Verratti is unlikely to be fazed by the physicality of English football.

The 19-time Italy international is strong, aggressive and fearless when it comes to tackling.

However, he is also excellent in possession, with a tremendous passing range and a fine first touch.

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